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by maestrob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522133

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51QUeWMqaML._SS500.jpg This is an absolute gem of a disc. Conductor Laurence Equilbey has pulled together orchestrations of some of Schubert's best-known songs, arranged by Reger, Brahms, Liszt, R. Strauss, Britten and Berlioz and others into a fine ...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 1395

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

The young Jarvi is a fine conductor and I'm glad he got the opportunity to lead the Berliners. I also agree with you mostly about Brahms, except that I do enjoy his Piano Sonata III. Richter made an excellent disc of I & II, but they are not mature pieces to my ears. Worthy efforts, nonetheless.
by maestrob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila

Interesting question, JohnB. The fact is that professional singers' voices are so heavily used that they often make vocal errors that have to be corrected in lessons based on a vocal technique to keep the voice in line. Few singers can rely on a natural instrument that endures through the rigors of ...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Hi, Len. The building in question is between 15th and 16th Streets on 8th Ave., and is also owned by the Port Authority. When I first moved to this neighborhood (I was the second person to sign a lease in 1974 when the building was new.), it housed a Citibank branch, now Google has its headquarters ...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila

The sad thing is that Shirley Verrett never had the career she deserved. I only know her name because she had her heyday when I was at Princeton. (Do correct me if I'm wrong.) Who now has even heard of her? She should have been as famous as many other sopranos. I heard of and heard Verrett-she was ...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 1395

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

My condolences, Belle, to your son. Only three months in power: how can anything get done???? Here in the USA we're anticipating elections on November 6 (Tuesday) that may change our House of Representatives to the party against the current occupant of the White House. If that doesn't happen, I expe...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Quiery: Have you or anyone else here ever heard Hough in concert or recital? Does he travel much to the U. S.? Yes, I've heard Hough in concert. There may have been an earlier occasion, but the most recent concert took place on St. Patrick's Day, 2011. And what did the Philadelphia Orchestra play o...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Unfortunately, I have never heard Hough live. The closest I've come to that is hearing him live on CD (Danacord Schloss von Hussum Festival: CD 4: 419; CD 5: 429). The other is a live recording of him with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (private issue) performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann, Back at the Met, Is Good, Not Great
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Jonas Kaufmann, Back at the Met, Is Good, Not Great

Kaufmann's voice was made to sing in Fanciulla. I'm glad he got a good, if not ecstatic review. The quip about Kaufmann's darker tones in his lower register making his singing sound "Germanic" is was off base, IMHO.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony's "Kismet" with an all star cast
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Sony's "Kismet" with an all star cast

I don't have that set, Lance, but I remember the version below vividly from my youth, directed by Vincent Minelli, who also did Gigi and An American in Paris very successfully. The DVD edition of this masterful film only came out in 2016......a long wait for those of us who love the musical. https:/...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Thanks for the heads' up. We've not been there: we can't eat Mexican food due to stomach trouble. Crispo's is our hangout now...... Brian I looked into Crispo and it looked nice. Len Crispo's food and wine list are both excellent. We're there on a regular basis. My favorite wine is a Malbec from Ar...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Sorry, Lance, I did not get the Munch edition, mostly because I have all I want from him and for space reasons (just not enough room!). Glad you liked my choices. :D
by maestrob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

For a better version of Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations, you can't go wrong with Trifonov, who is currently recording the other concerti with Nezet-Seguin & Philadelphia (Forgive me if I promote my hometown band! :D ). You're forgiven. I feel privileged to hear them in concert on a regular basis...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 11
Views: 146

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

I remember him from his many appearances on the Jack Paar show. Len Yes, believe it or not, I have some of those that were released on a DVD set of the best of Jack Paar. Levant was a real character, and a fine musician, but he made such a spectacle of himself that the concert-going public never to...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...

I have that Brahms 2nd PC. I am probably guilty of hyperbole, but that live performance may be the " best " Brahms 2nd PC I've ever heard , recorded or live. I have not heard the Schumann. Cluytens was a vastly underappreciated conductor who did well in non-French repertoire, and I suspect that he ...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 107
Views: 35766

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Good for you, Lance! ;) Believe it or not, I haven't opened my box yet! Can't wait to sink my teeth into it. Spent some time last night watching Horowitz in Moscow from 1986 on DVD. Now THAT was a seriously historic occasion. Not a dry eye in the house. Horowitz, who had become a miniaturist by then...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Sure, Len, the film was released with subtitles. Enjoy! :D Brian great thanks-tonight we were right over there across from Crispo at with a friend-went to La Nacionale right across the street for Tapas-unfortunately the food disappointed althoght the staff was very nice. Regards,Len :( Thanks for t...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila

I learned that opera from the Vickers/Gorr recording in the 1960's The opera is a masterpiece, but it takes Wagnerian-sized voices to make it work. "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix..." is deceivingly easy: the rest of the role is quite difficult and much heavier than Carmen, which is Garanca's specialty...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Hubay RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Alfred Hubay RIP

Regarding the "vanishing" audience, I have a theory, but no data to prove it. With World War II there was a large influx of refugees to New York City fleeing from the Nazis. By and large, it was a well-educated and cultured population. They knew and loved classical music and opera in Europe and the...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Here's another version with Rubinstein that you might enjoy for under $2 on amazon. Can you still order from American amazon, btw?

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by maestrob
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I didn't notice that with the conducting as the work isn't one I'm terribly familiar with, but only after subsequent hearings did I notice Hough's mannerisms. In fact, when I think of it, this was on display in the little chat at the beginning of the concert when he was interviewed by the BBC annou...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Sure, Len, the film was released with subtitles. Enjoy! :D
by maestrob
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Not sure I want to read "gritty" and "sticky" gay sex scenes - well, actually, I'm sure I don't - but apart from that it looks like a really interesting book. This is an excellent performance by Stephen Hough, from 2013. Not a favourite work of mine, but having talked about it yesterday with my phy...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interesting live 2- piano recital
Replies: 1
Views: 107

Re: Interesting live 2- piano recital

Interesting program, Rach3. I'll get to it soon.......
by maestrob
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday, Gary Graffman
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Happy birthday, Gary Graffman

I grew up with Graffman's Prokofiev I & III with Szell/Cleveland, and his Tchaikovsky II & III w/Ormandy, which were the first recordings of these works, recently finally issued on CD. Graffman is a hero of mine for sticking with his career even when losing the use of his right hand. Congratulations...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"

Janacek's vocal works are quite thrilling, especially the Msa Glagolskaja. Yes, I have the Bernstein, with Blegen and Nikolai Gedda (on loan from EMI), as well as Mackerras (not bad) and Karel Ancerl; I'm waiting for the Belohlavek which was just recently issued here. JohnF recommended the first rec...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Hi, Len!

I first learned about The Tsar's Bride from this film, made by the Bolshoi Opera in the 1960's and made available here on videotape during the 1980's, if you're interested.....

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by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I find these types of series quite dull and relics of a different era. What is usually lacking is an excellent, thought-provoking script - which is the essence of any TV drama or adaptation if it's to be taken seriously. To that end, if you want a REALLY good 'whodunnit' with a central character as...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Scheherezade may be Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov's best-known work, but his operas do, I agree, show him at his best rather than his 3 symphonies, which are rather formal (1 & 3) and weak, although II is quite interesting (the "Antar"). My personal favorite is "Tsar's Bride," which Rimsky-Kor...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522133

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61hmLj4LBXL._SS500.jpg Conductor Andrew Davis is not one of my favorite musicians, but on this disc of Elgar rarities, Maestro Davis excels, with shaping and tempo choices that are spot-on. Falstaff may be the main piece here, played to perfection by...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest CD
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest CD

Right up my alley, Lance! Thank-you! :D
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522133

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Thanks for that, John. In a word, lovely! My first exposure to Das Lied von der Erde was Bruno Walter's 1960 stereo version with Mildred Miller and Ernst Haefliger, and it has remained my favorite ever since my teens. I came to the 1950 mono version in my 20's, and was disappointed by the singing, a...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Hough first came to my notice, and I think many others', with his recording of two Hummel piano concertos on Chandos. It's a winner, and so is the music. I've had that one since it was first issued, and I agree with you. You can hear premonitions of Chopin very clearly in the music, which I play at...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522133

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

The tenor role, Herod, is sometimes cast with a character tenor like Gerhard Stolze, sometimes with a Heldentenor like Max Lorenz, sometimes with an unclassifiable tenor such as Julius Patzak in the standard-setting Clemens Krauss recording for Decca/London. I don't have a preference as long as he ...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 107
Views: 35766

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

$165 for 106 discs this weekend at https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2272840#utm_source=ArkivMusic_NL&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=WS-10122018&utm_content=Szell-Columbia Amazon has it back in stock for $195 with free shipping. I got mine from the first pressing, but haven't h...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522133

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51i-7j4SkGL._SS500.jpg Everything is right about this Salome from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony but the tenor, who sounds old and wobbly throughout. Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada's mastery of the score is evident in his choices of tempo, orchestral ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After 4 Years, Jonas Kaufmann Returns to the Met Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Re: After 4 Years, Jonas Kaufmann Returns to the Met Opera

I'm disappointed that Kaufmann is not mentioning Siegfried in his future plans, but I understand his caution. There are delicate effects in his technique that justify his decision, and if I were in his shoes, I would do the same. Richard Tucker was equally cautious, and look how long he stayed with ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 20
Views: 1595

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

All but one of Toscanini's many concerts with the BBC Symphony in the 1930s were broadcast. Some were transferred to 78 rpm masters by HMV, others weren't. I wonder if these will be included in the program. We'll soon see! Yes, there's an Elgar "Enigma Variations" and a "La mer" that I'm particular...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: SF Lucrezia Borgia Youtube
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: SF Lucrezia Borgia Youtube

Ouch! Yes, that was harsh! Fleming has been known to phone in an occasional performance, but I doubt she would sabotage this one on purpose, unless she was having a bad night vocally and had to concentrate on her technique. Blaming the singer for poor direction is just not right! If she wasn't react...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Of the BSO recordings I own, I would recommend an excerpt from the Berlioz Requiem, a Berlioz Overture, the March to the Scaffold from the Symphonie fantastique, and the Symphony on a French Mountain Air w/Munch's niece(?), Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer(spelling?), a rarity and delightful listening. Wha...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 9
Views: 772

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

The "answer" is that our culture is changing here in America. Young people are simply not being exposed to classical music in the way that we were, thus audiences are dwindling. What we need is more enthusiasm from parents and teachers, something like El Sistema could be established. When Verdi pass...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522133

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Has anyone else noticed that this thread has passed the half-million mark in number of views? Should we start a magazine?? :D
by maestrob
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522133

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51UerJ1chsL._SS500.jpg Donald Isler proves himself to be a fine interpreter of Schubert, Schumann & Brahms in this excellent recording. His playing has both depth of feeling and clarity, plunging the depths of these three composers. Clear and concise...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: verdi Parma
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: verdi Parma

JohnF: I've heard that story, but to this day I can't remember who the singer was. :D

Len: That's fascinating about Cornell MacNeil, that's a new one on me. Thanks.
by maestrob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 153221

Re: What I listened to today

2018 is turning out to be a bad year for our old friends. One of the library volunteers just lost his best friend to cancer, and my oldest friend - we go back nearly 60 years to college - is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known in America as Lou Gehrig's Disease. We older ones had bet...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!

Hmm, I'm surprised. For a then-youngster, especially in his early Liszt, it is amazing to me the depth of performance along with an incredible technique to match. I wonder what you think of another Russian pianist: Denis Matsuev. Sorry, gentlemen, but I'm not impressed. I listened as far as the Lis...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!

Live video , Moscow,2015 , 3 brief Cimarosa sonatas ; Chopin mazurkas ( Op.17,Nos.3,4; Op.33,No.4 ) ; Rachmaninoff ,The Prelude) ; Liszt , “Campanella “ . YT autoplay : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtBxuHDCZLE&index=1&list=PLEEvqLaLfgOcFi-QrCcj442TjMnLUYPQi Sorry, gentlemen, but I'm not impresse...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Brian/maestrob, is this possibly on your "to get" list, of do you have enough of Munch? Lance, I'll be truthful and as kind as I can be here. Munch's recordings of French repertoire w/Boston are very well done, except for the harsh sound of the orchestra to my ears. I treasure his Berlioz Requiem w...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Replies: 6
Views: 758

Re: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.

. As for the singers, I only know Lucic, and he's a fine baritone (We saw him as Scarpia in the recent Tosca telecast.). (T)he Met abandoned the terrible Luc Bondy production and now has a wonderful new production! Lucic was imo very good! Regards, Len Yes, indeed! Thank heaven for small favors! :)